With cold and flu season in full swing, Feather Girls need to know how to protect themselves against all the germs circulating around town this time of year.
While we’ve been taught to wash our hands for fifteen seconds and always cover our mouths when we cough since kindergarten, in our busy lives we sometimes overlook these little to do’s. Follow these tips for staying smart and healthy, and the odds of avoiding a monstrous cold this season will be in your favor.
When you’re on the go, carrying around a travel-sized hand sanitizer becomes your lifesaver—literally! We’re exposed to thousands of germs each day, whether in the classroom, on the bus, in the public bathroom or at the restaurant, but we can’t always run to the bathroom to wash our hands with soap and water every time. The quick fix? A pocket-size hand sanitizer. It’s the perfect solution for combating those pesky germs anytime and anyplace. Added bonus: Bath & Body Works makes some sweetly-scented hand sanitizers, so what are you waiting for?
As college students and working women, our busy schedules don’t always allow for those eight full hours of sleep each night, but we’re encouraging you to be as efficient and timely as possible during the day so you can head to bed a bit earlier at night. Sleep not only helps our bodies restore energy, it preserves our mental sanity and protects our immune systems—those are pretty important qualities after all! So, do your best to get those eight recommended hours each night.
Prevention is key for protecting yourself against the flu this season. Vitamin C is a powerful nutrient that helps our bodies fight colds, so make sure you’re getting a proper dosage each day. You can take a Vitamin C supplement (sold in drugstores and grocery stores), consume a glass of orange juice with breakfast, or snack on citrus fruits or bell peppers to ensure you’re treating your immune system well and giving your body the nutrients it needs to stay active and healthy.
Keep Your Distance
Avoiding coming into contact with people who are already sick can spare you from a miserable week of lying in bed with tissues, DayQuil and chicken noodle soup. If you see anyone showing symptoms of a cold (coughing, sneezing, etc.), keep your distance! Whether it’s a co-worker, friend, or family member that’s sick, they won’t be offended if you pick up the phone to chat (the preferred, germ-free method) instead of catching up in person.
This is a post from the Feather archives. We lost all of our old content, so we’ll be reposting some of our favorite stories.